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Chick Fil A Chicken Nuggets

Recreate Chick Fil A Chicken Nuggets at home!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Chicken Nuggets
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 157kcal
Author Stephanie Manley


  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken breast (Boneless, Skinless, Cubed)


  • 2 cups water
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes

Chicken Coating

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups saltine cracker crumbs crushed very fine
  • 2 teaspoons powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons McCormick Seasonal or seasoned salt
  • peanut oil for frying


Marinade instructions

  • Place cool water in a bowl add 1/4 teaspoon McCormick Seasonal, and dissolve bouillon cubes in mixture. Place cubed chicken in water, mix, cover, and place in refrigerator for 12 hours or next day. 

Cooking the chicken nuggets

  • Heat oil to 350 degrees in a deep fryer, or a large pot. If you are using a large pot, add enough oil so the oil is 4 inches deep.
  • Pour off excess marinade, and discard marinade, it can not be used again.
  • Prepare the coating by mixing together the flour, cracker crumbs, powdered sugar, and paprika. Set the battered chicken nuggets on a wire rack. Let the chicken nuggets rest for a couple of minutes before frying. The coating will stay on better if the coating dries a bit.
  • Fry the nuggets a few at a time until they are golden brown. Remove from oil, and drain on a clean wire rack.

Recipe Tips

By using a wire rack instead of paper towels to drain chicken the nuggets will remain more crispy.   Setting fried foods on paper towels often means the fried food will steam. 


Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 1111mg | Potassium: 168mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1.4mg
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